Municipal solid waste-based district heating and electricity production: A case study

Tozlu A., Abuşoğlu A., Ozahi E., Anvari-Moghaddam A.

Journal of Cleaner Production, vol.297, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 297
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126495
  • Journal Name: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Municipal solid waste, Power production, District heating, Thermodynamic, Thermoeconomic, ENERGY-RECOVERY, THERMOECONOMIC ANALYSIS, ORGANIC FRACTION, CYCLE, OPTIMIZATION, PLANT, MSW, GASIFICATION, GENERATION, MANAGEMENT


© 2021 Elsevier LtdIn this paper, municipal solid waste (MSW) based electricity production and district heating (DH) potential of Turkey are considered. Three MSW based waste-to-energy (WtE) scenarios is developed: (i) Scenario-I, a DH system integrated into a gas turbine power plant (GTPP), (ii) Scenario-II, a DH system integrated into an organic Rankine cycle (ORC), and (iii) Scenario-III, which is based solely on a DH system. As a result of the thermodynamic and thermoeconomic analyzes of these developed scenarios using an existing MSW-based cogeneration facility's actual operating data, the system with the most extended payback period (about 5 years) is found as the GTPP-DH system developed in Scenario-I, which also has the highest investment cost. On the other hand, the system with the shortest payback period (about 2 years) is found as the DH system developed in Scenario-III, which also has the lowest investment cost. Overall exergy efficiencies of the GTTP-DH, ORC-DH, and DH systems are found to be 41.86%, 16.15%, and 31.87%, respectively. When the developed WtE scenarios adapted to the pilot provinces selected from each geographical region of Turkey, it is found that the GTPP system developed in Scenario-I can increase the power generation capacity of MSW plants for each province by about 20%.